Triablogue: “IF YOU ARE NOT HAPPY HERE, YOU CAN LEAVE!”

In light of Pres. Trump’s recent remarks directed at Congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley, and Rashida Tlaib: 

  1. Perhaps Trump was indelicate in his remarks. Perhaps Trump could have put it better. 
  2. However, that depends what Trump’s goal (if any) was in making his remarks. Perhaps Trump got the exact reaction he hoped for. 
  3. After all, the response from liberals and progressives against Trump’s remarks is an overreaction, to say the least, viz. he’s sexist, racist, xenophobic, a white nationalist. People making such remarks come across as irrational and unreasonable. It’s possible Trump aimed to make progressives look crazed or rabid. 
  4. I think Trump’s main point is something like this: Politicians who support Islam, who support open borders and illegal immigration, who support socialism/communism, etc., aren’t serving in the best interests of the United States. In fact, these politicians are attempting to undermine the United States as a constitutional republic (the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights). Wouldn’t they feel more at home in nations which share their beliefs and values? 
  5. What’s amusing to me is that these Congresswomen have, in fact, reinforced Trump’s point in their very responses to him! For example, Rep. Pressley said she’ll always refer to Pres. Trump as an “occupant”: 
  6. In other words, Trump was duly democratically elected as president in accordance with the electoral college system, which has elected every single president in our history, but Pressley refuses to recognize Trump as the president. Instead, he’s just an “occupant” of the White House. That tells us more about her than it does about Trump.

  7. Another example is Rep. Omar. Omar dodged answering a simple yes or no question, “Are you pro-al Qaeda?”: 
  8. Keep in mind Omar has made anti-Semitic remarks in the past. Keep in mind Omar has supported CAIR, which has had a long-standing affiliation with known Islamic terrorist groups Hamas and Hezbollah. Keep in mind Omar was soft on ISIS. Keep in mind Omar described the 9/11 attacks as “some people did something”. Finally keep in mind David Wood’s “Three Stages of Jihad”:

  9. As an aside, perhaps it’s time Americans reconsider birthright citizenship as well as how naturalized citizenship is granted.

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